Michael Strassen

Michael trained at the Guildford School of Acting. On graduating he joined the original cast of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He then worked in numerous West End shows, leading repertory theatre and number one tours. Working with Stephen Sondheim was a personal high point for Michael during Sondheim's professorship at Oxford University.

Directing credits at The Union Theatre include: Pacific Overtures (Stephen Sondheim); Season’s Greetings (Alan Ayckbourn); The first London revival of Billy (Best Director/Off-West End Awards and shortlisted for Best Musical Production - John Barry/Don Black/Dick Clements & Ian La Frenais); Call Me Madam; The Fix (Shortlisted for Best Musical Production/Off-West End Awards); The Baker’s Wife and Godspell (Stephen Schwartz); Assassins (Best Production/Off-West End Awards, Show of the week/Time Out) and Company (Stephen Sondheim). All of these productions made The Guardian's Critics' choice.

Other directing credits include: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Barn Theatre, Cirencester); Pippin (Lyric Theatre HKAPA, Hong Kong); The Who's Rock Opera Tommy at the Greenwich Theatre; Jack & The Beanstalk and Snow White (DeMontfort Hall, Leicester); The Award winning play Lucky Numbers at Customs House, Tyneside; S&S Awards (St James’ Theatre); An Intimate evening with Ruthie Henshall (Hippodrome, London); The Inspiration Awards 2010 - 2013 (Cadagon Hall, London and Royce Hall, Los Angeles); The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S. Bermange (St James’ Theatre Studio); Pineapple Dance Studios Finale (O2 Indigo); The Attic (Workshop/Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Co-Musical Supervisor on the film The Bridge of San Luis Rey; Company (C Venues/Edinburgh Festival); The Pitchfork Disney (Philip Ridley/The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud); Ruthie Henshall at The Royal Festival Hall.

Drama Academy productions include: Nine and The Witches of Eastwick at Mountview and Fame at The Urdang and guest director at The Stephen Sondheim Society on a series of masterclasses.